Biya, Cameroon’s President since 1982, fires security chiefs, following rumours of foiled coup
Special to USAfrica, USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine, Houston
Following rumours of a foiled, attempted military coup in the west African country of Cameroon, its long ruling President Paul Biya has sacked a top police chief and the head of internal security in decrees issued by the presidency.
In terms of prominent personnel changes, Biya picked Martin Mbarga Nguele as the new police chief, replacing Emmanuel Edou, who got the top cop post in July 2009.
Eko Eko Leopold Maxine is the new head of Cameroon’s DGRE intelligence agency, following the firing of the controversial agent Jean Marie Obelabout. Jean ordered the arrest and torture (at DGRE headquarters) of a Cameroon journalist Bibi Ngota who later died in a Yaounde prison almost 5 months ago in April 2010.
The opposition parties have made strong calls for free and fair elections, transparency and press freedom. By Chido Nwangwu, USAfricaonline.com
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